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BSN Curriculum

Junior Nursing Courses

UPNS 324 Cultural Applications in Clinical Practice - 3 credits

This course introduces models of transcultural health care. Issues to the health care professional's role in the delivery of culturally competent based health care are explored. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and analysis of culturally congruent care as related to clinical practice issues in the United States and globally and more specifically in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Interplay between models of transcultural care and other models of clinical application of culturally appropriate interventions are examined.

UPNS 325 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice II - 3 credits

This course is a continuation of Pharmacology for Nursing Practice I covering additional basic principles of pharmacology and drug therapy necessary for general nursing practice. Concepts of drug effectiveness, pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, and drug interactions will be examined. In most cases, the emphasis will be on the pharmacological action of drugs on specific organ systems. Throughout the course, medications will be discussed in relation to their clinical use in the treatment of specific disease conditions.

UPNS 326 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice - 3 credits

This course explores the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of body systems throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on understanding pathophysiology as an alteration in normal physiological functioning of individuals and the presentation of selected pathophysiology and subsequent symptomatology in diverse individuals across the lifespan. The scientific approach will provide understanding of the mechanisms of disease as they are related to clinical decision-making for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management.

UPNS 337 Nursing for Women and Children's Health - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

The course focus is on the development of competencies for safe and effective nursing care of women, children and maternal/newborn dyads. Emphasis is on the nurse's role in health assessment, health promotion, and promotion of adaptive processes for the women and the child within the context of the family. Key concepts for social, cultural, economic, political, and ethical factors that affect health promotion, disease prevention, alterations in health and risk reduction for women, children, and the childbearing family are examined. Growth and development theory is also emphasized.

UPNS 338 Gerontological Nursing Practice - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

This course will focus on the nursing management of older adults. Contemporary theories of gerontology, aging, physiological/psychological functioning, impact of developmental changes, illness, and dysfunction will be emphasized. Student clinical experiences may be in retirement residences, home health agencies, transitional and long-term care facilities, adult day centers, acute care units, and other geriatric health agencies.

UPNS 339W Genetics in Nursing and Health - 3 credits

This course will discuss the implications of the Human Genome Project and how to apply genetic knowledge to patient knowledge and health promotion/screening in the following ways: identifying those in need of genetic testing, offering genetic information, recording genetic information, referring patients and families for further genetic information and evaluation, advocacy for privacy, confidentiality, and non-discrimination with regard to genetic information, and participate in management of patients with genetic conditions. The ethical consideration as they relate to genetics will also be explored.

UPNS 354 Behavioral and Community Health - 6 credits (4 theory/2 clinical)

This course will focus on an introduction to theory and concepts of behavioral and community health nursing. Emphasis is on the use of self in relationships with mental health consumers as well as professional nurse's role in working with the community as the client. The importance of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship will provide the framework for exploring the factors, which contribute to stress, maladaptive behavior, and mental illness. Care will be delivered based on standards of community health and psychiatric standards of nursing practice. The student will then explore the role of the community health nurse and the behavioral health nurse working collaboratively with the community as part of an interdisciplinary team. An introduction to conceptual frameworks that focus on community health and behavioral health care is included in both the classroom and clinical portions of the course. Selected outpatient mental health settings, and community based agencies will be utilized for clinical practice.